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Chapter 7 Leader–Member Exchange Theory   155

LMX 7 Questionnaire
Instructions: This questionnaire contains items that ask you to describe your
relationship with either your leader or one of your followers. For each of
the items, indicate the degree to which you think the item is true for you
by circling one of the responses that appear below the item.

1. Do you know where you stand with your leader (follower) . . . [and] do you
usually know how satisfied your leader (follower) is with what you do?

Rarely Occasionally Sometimes Fairly often Very often

  1 2 3 4 5

2. How well does your leader (follower) understand your job problems and
needs?

Not a bit A little A fair amount Quite a bit A great deal

  1 2 3 4 5

3. How well does your leader (follower) recognize your potential?

Not at all A little Moderately Mostly Fully

  1 2 3 4 5

4. Regardless of how much formal authority your leader (follower) has built
into his or her position, what are the chances that your leader (follower)
would use his or her power to help you solve problems in your work?

None Small Moderate High Very high

 1 2 3 4 5

5. Again, regardless of the amount of formal authority your leader (fol-


lower) has, what are the chances that he or she would “bail you out” at
his or her expense?

None Small Moderate High Very high

 1 2 3 4 5

6. I have enough confidence in my leader (follower) that I would defend


and justify his or her decision if he or she were not present to do so.

Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree

   1 2 3 4 5

7. How would you characterize your working relationship with your leader
(follower)?

Extremely Worse than Average Better than Extremely


ineffective   
average           average effective

  1 2 3 4 5
156  LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE

By completing the LMX 7, you can gain a fuller understanding of how


LMX theory works. The score you obtain on the questionnaire reflects
the quality of your leader–member relationships, and indicates the
degree to which your relationships are characteristic of partnerships, as
described in the LMX model.

You can complete the questionnaire both as a leader and as a follower.


In the leader role, you would complete the questionnaire multiple times,
assessing the quality of the relationships you have with each of your fol-
lowers. In the follower role, you would complete the questionnaire
based on the leaders to whom you report.

Scoring Interpretation

Although the LMX 7 is most commonly used by researchers to explore


theoretical questions, you can also use it to analyze your own leadership
style. You can interpret your LMX 7 scores using the following guidelines:
very high = 30–35, high = 25–29, moderate = 20–24, low = 15–19, and
very low = 7–14. Scores in the upper ranges indicate stronger, higher-
quality leader–member exchanges (e.g., in-group members), whereas
scores in the lower ranges indicate exchanges of lesser quality (e.g., out-
group members).

SOURCE: Reprinted from “Relationship-Based Approach to Leadership: Development of


Leader–Member Exchange (LMX) Theory of Leadership Over 25 Years: Applying a Multi-
Level, Multi-Domain Perspective,” by G. B. Graen and M. Uhl-Bien, 1995, Leadership
Quarterly, 6(2), 219–247. Copyright © 1995. Reprinted with permission from Elsevier
Science.

  The LMX Score